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3rd Party Programs: Are They Cybersecurity Weakpoints?

Almost 400 dental offices were infected with ransomware in a cyberattack this August. The computers became infected after DDS Safe, a 3rd party cloud backup software that all the affected offices were using, was compromised. The software was developed by Dental Technology Company PerCSoft. Affected offices had their computer files encrypted behind ransomwalls. On August…
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22 Governments in Texas Hit By First Coordinated Ransomware Attack

On August 16th, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) stated that 22 local Texan governments were simultaneously hit by coordinated ransomware attacks. They also stated that most of the victims were small-sized local governments. While government-targeted ransomware attacks are not new, this is the first incident of this scale and level of coordination. According…
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Cyberattackers Are Targeting IOT Devices: How Do You Defend Yourself?

A new threat group, called “STRONTIUM”, was recently discovered by the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC). In April 2019, this cyberthreat infiltrated private company networks through 3 different IoT devices – a VoIP phone, printer, and video decoder. The Microsoft researchers reported that the devices were compromised as a result of the devices running out-of-date…
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Debt-Collector Firm Files For Bankruptcy Following Data Breach Costing Millions

New York-based debt collection company Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau, Inc. has filed for bankruptcy due to a massive data breach. Following the leak, the legal obligation on the company to notify the 7 million affected by the data breach cost it $3.8 million. Another $400 000 was also spent on external IT consultants to determine the…
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IT Services Company HCL Suffers Data-Leak, Quickly Recovers

HCL, a multibillion dollar company with over 100 000 employees, has suffered a data leak of sensitive customer and employee information. The leak was discovered on May 1st 2019 by a research team in UpGuard. Information that was leaked included employee information, customer information, and company project details. For employees of the company, names, IDs,…
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Why you should avoid SMBv1 in 2019

A server computer acts as a central hub to any organization’s IT infrastructure. It is the core that all other computers are connected to, and stores and shares information among them. Much like personal computers, servers rely on operating systems and programs to carry out their functions. One of such software, called SMBv1, has been…
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Protecting yourself against Cryptojacking

A cryptojacking attack has forced St. Francis Xavier University to temporarily shut down its computer network systems. The university reports that the cyberattackers attempted to use the school’s computers resources to collect digital currency. What are cryptomining and cryptojacking? Cryptomining is the use of computer resources to collect cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. The act of…
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Reporting Data Breaches: Do you need to do it?

Hong Kong’s flag carrier, Cathay Pacific, has been the latest in the long list of companies affected by major digital data breaches. It was reported that the sensitive data of over 9.4 million customers were compromised due to the incident. Over 400 expired credit card numbers, and 27 active cards (without CVV information) were leaked.…
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